Hey! I've got two industrial machines that are not part of my personal working group, so they are for sale. One is a needle walking Union Special, an old wonderful machine that will walk through heavy leather like butter. Plus, an industrial machine mostly for high speed garment/curtain sewing. Call me... 360-490-8825 (Shelton, WA) Oh, two more followed me home, both are 31-15's, one is treadle. These are early industrial machines, prized by folks who topstitch leather, or even quilt. They have a really nice stitch and of course the large harp. I have the treadle set up in my house now, what a kick. It will be hard to let go.
Still sorting pounds of parts and pieces I bought, along with a couple of hundred machines. Even though I favor high quality older machines, I can offer the less expensive older ones, and even the dreaded plastic ones. But if I do, they will be priced to cover the value of the foot control, a few other parts and the labor for making sure they are ready to go.
Some of the simple, vintage low-end machines are fine for seeing if a youth or anyone, will stick with sewing after they give it a try, before a lot of money is invested. But really cheesy new plastic ones are not a good way to introduce someone to sewing. They are often frustrating and a poor representation of the tool.
Repurposing clothing, making your own curtains and pillows, repairing, altering, or quilting and fiber art doesn't require spending more than $85 for a basic pre-serviced vintage machine.
Wait until you see the black, long-bed 301 I serviced and put up for sale. Very sweet! It's at Refabulous, in Olympia now. Eeeeew, it sold! That was a beautiful machine! SOLD
I have several machines in local shops. I want to encourage folks in the Shelton, WA area to visit "Sew Now Studio" on 321 First Street next door to Ritz Burgers in Shelton, WA and Olympia area folks to seek out "reFabulous" on Blk Lake Blvd, just a bobbin throw away from "Outback Steak House". "Black Bear Diner", and "Olive Garden" in West Olympia. Both teaching/ repairing/ tailoring shops have a wonderful display of machines, and both are owned by wonderful, creative and fun, sewing experts. Just stop by either place and look around! They both offer more than just learning-to-sew classes.
Scroll down and see some of the machines for sale at some of the shops that support me.
Sewing Machines for Sale (check out the page Sewing Machines for Sale, too)
I have well over 300 sewing machines; treadle, hand crank, lockstitch forward-only flatbeds (circa 1890 -1920), then the added reverse, machines from other countries (now they are all from other countries), zigzag, utility stitches, machines that take cams, and right up through the seventies where soon there wasn’t hardly any "all metal" domestic sewing machine being built. Like a lot of other fanciful tools, we went from... "not quite sure how this contraption works, but better than doing it by hand," to... "a revolution that changed America forever!" and then to... "bling-bling-for-a-few-months-plastic-disposable."
Now it has become acceptable to buy something, use it for a few months, or maybe a year or two, then throw it in the landfill. And yet, for years we built machines that have lasted 150, 300 years, light bulbs that lasted for decades. We have become a nation of quantity, not quality, and our untethered greed has dumbed us down. Even education is about supply and demand. So this is more than an interest, it's a tiny revolution.
So why do I love fixing these wonderful humming machines?
I grew up helping my dad make something work, even if it was for only a few minutes. There we were; standing just outside a leaning barn, Dad holding a can of starter fluid.
He would stare at the engine, I would be behind the wheel watching for hand signals, both of us wondering if this cough was a start, or its finish, as it sputtered, spewed, belched black smoke and heaved temporarily off its rotten motor mounts. Then as we held our breath, whether a little English Austin, a rain soaked Jeep, or a dream and scheme Dodge truck, the cough would be a start. Ours eyes would meet through the dusty windshield, we owned the victory together... and if it stayed running, life was good.
Even if it was for just a few minutes.
I'm reminded of those wonderful times on the farm with my dad - when I find a seized up machine. Especially those, I'm convinced is a masterpiece of sewing engineering, and I think I can bring it back to life. And I guess, because an old sewing machine is less complicated than an old car, one restoration has led to another, and another, and... well you can guess.
Choose the "Sewing Machines for Sale" page and see what I’ve posted this month!
What a beautiful New Home! That is the bobbin winder at the top to the right. A heavy zigzag capable machine. This would be best in a cabinet, big or small. It's really in beautiful shape. I have a few of these types and I'd love to help someone have a good heavy life-time machine. Remind me this one is on sale on my webpage for $65!
Sewing Machine Help
I'm still working on bringing sewing machine maintenance, manuals, diagrams, suggestions and other kinds of vintage sewing machine help to this webpage. Sorry I'm such a computer goof.
Industrial Blind Hemmer
This is a serious machine. Easy enough to use, but will hem fast and all day long. Does a beautiful blind hem adjustable for different fabrics. It makes hemming quick and easy for curtains, formal /wide skirt dresses, even pant legs. $595 It is in like-new condition.
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